Weekly Posting Goal:

Start off your week with a new post from Spark America every Sunday to get you informed and energized, and to give you meaningful, thought provoking information and inspirational dialog to share with your friends for the entire week. I welcome your comments.

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Monday, December 31, 2012

Real And Permanent Good--We Need A Song

A song from the heart written about real and permanent good is a song I personally would love to be able to write. If I could and were a song writer I would probably begin by sitting down and begin to take a look at my life and accumulate all the real and good memories that I could remember and jot them down on a piece of paper. I imagine at that point I would begin to visit my own walk down memory lane, and could begin a personal life journey that would help me find the words I would be looking for to write a song to share with the whole world.

In order to find, realize and live a life of real and permanent good, I believe all of us must sit down and at least try to write that song, and soon we will begin to discover who we really are, that we really matter, and that without me the puzzle is incomplete. Then and only then can we begin to live a life of that is filled with love and understanding of who we are.

If we are to be real we need to live a life that is genuine and free of pretense and full of affection. If we choose to live a live centered around permanent good it must be lasting for an indefinite period of time without essential change.

I have begun to write my song and it is about you.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Looking Up At Freedom

Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought. Let us have faith that right has "might" and in that faith let us; to that end, dare to do our duty as we understand it. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Politician, President Of The United States.

Freedom is worth fighting for and sometimes if we are lucky enough, we get an opportunity to see it captured on film as we take a look at a 20 year old father and Army Corporal Tony Fallico's photograph circa 1955. Just as Tony and thousands of America's "Mighty Men" returned home safely from the Korean war, he snapped this symbolic picture shot from the deck of the Marine Serpent just inside the safety of the Golden Gate bridge. With the click of his camera shutter he never realized at the time that years later what he had taken captive on film would endear the hearts of his loving family and friends to share forever; that exact moment when he and his fellow soldiers arrived in safe waters from an aggressive war that was fought for the freedom of another country, and to help prevent communist aggression from spreading to his homeland.    

This picture is just one of thousands taken on that overcast day by one soldier and will forever remind him that freedom is what matters most to all of us, especially upon returning "From the shores of battle to the shores of freedom." We can only hope all the other great young men returning from battle will find their own memories captured in a Kodak moment snapshot. These snapshots would be taken by young men who dared to do their duty as they understood it. To these young soldiers we shall be eternally grateful. 

Let freedom ring and let us answer the call.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Seeking Him

The destiny of mankind hinges on seeking the truth about who we are and why we do the things we do. We need to seek the truth, and in order to do that we must be seeking him. What is my purpose for being here on this planet called earth is the biggest question we can ever ask ourselves and it can only be answered by the process of discovering God. Most of the time we spend here we just live a life of doubt and speculation and listen to all the negativity that is shown and thrown at us.

Today and every day we have the opportunity to seek the truth and that comes down to making the right choices. To discover who we are is the only way to teach our children how to discover who they are. We can only do this by seeking him and on this search is where we will find truth and unconditional love.

Christmas is a perfect time to begin this life's journey within yourself to be a part of something so much bigger than who we are. It is time to celebrate the real reason for the season.

God is Christmas and Christmas is God. The time has come for us to accept his love.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Love Worth Finding

Love is not just another four letter word, nor is it just observed and given in the words in a Valentine Card on Valentines day. Love is what sustains us through the most difficult of times, and love is the essence of God, thus God being the essence of love. The only hope we have to begin to heal the wounds from the tragic events taking  place all over America to our children every day and to sustain order and peace in our great nation, lies in the hearts of  it's people. That hope is called love, and that love must be deposited deep into their tender hearts from us from the moment they are born. This love is a love worth finding, but first we must find this love within ourselves.

To deny our children of this love is not an option anymore, it is an urgent necessity, and it has to begin right now, today. We must move closer to God and the child in us so we can begin to understand the true meaning and the power of this love. Only then can we lovingly infuse this love into the life blood of our children. Do we owe them any less?

Perhaps if we look at in a very simple way. Picture each one of us as a love seed. If we were to be swept up by the wind of love maybe we would be lucky enough to land in the arms of a loving God. From the arms of God it will find its way into the hearts of our children.

We cannot allow the media and other evil perpetrators to suck them into a world that they consider the new way of life in the United States of America. The idea that anything goes here is unacceptable and we must insist our children will grow up in a safe America, and through our commitment to love them unconditionally as God loves us, they will grow up  living in a loving family called "America".

We have no choice and we have very little time for lip service, the time has come to show the love.

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Past---A Great Christmas Present

At Christmas time we all seem to be looking for the ultimate and most meaningful gifts for our loved ones not realizing one of the best gifts we can give is a gift from the past. A gift that is a part of our local and American history is one that keeps on giving to generations to come. Learning about ones past history can open doors that will lead us on a journey to discover how we can begin to build lasting relationships, as well as secure a strong foundation for America's future. We as her building blocks with the wisdom we will discover from the past can achieve the hope to create the path that our great nation must go down. Discovering our past will lead us to a stronger present and a better future.

I grew up in a wonderful time in American history in a small historical village I remember lovingly as Dolgeville New York. The celebrated and recognized history of Dolgeville can show us how an immigrant from Germany made enormous contributions to this peaceful village and to the America we love today.

Alfred Dolge was originally an importer and manufacturer of piano materials and later became a manufacturer of felt products. This great man instituted a program of Earning-Sharing whereby an employee received a portion of the earnings according to his contributions in brains or the value of his work.This was not to be turned over until retirement, but was to be reinvested. The pension plan was non-contributory by the employee. The employer paid all.

Because of Dolge, Dolgeville had these:
First Social Security, 1876
First felt slipper and shoes made in America, 1881
Second electric dynamo run by water power, 1879 (Edison's was the first dynamo)
First public kindergarten in New York State, 1889
First park system in the Dolgeville area, 1876
First upstate village lighted by electricity, Dolgeville 1891

Need I say more?

Now get into that history book or better yet get into that search engine supported by 4 tires and get going. History waits for no one. There's a little Alfred Dolge in all of us,we just need to find it. Let's make our present a great past for others who will follow.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Democracy---America--Let Us Stand As One

Today, the principals and core values that were present at America's birth still beat deeply and strongly within her lifeblood and heart. For some people in this great nation there seems to be the opinion that these ideals that sustain us to this day, have been left behind, by the "beat" generation. If this is true, we must now begin to re-energize that heartbeat.These principals and values are also being watched by the rest of the world to see if we can sustain this deep rooted democracy, that today, seems to be coming up-rooted. For the standard is still being held high by some around the principals and ideals that America continues to hold true and dear. The some needs to become the majority. 

There seems to be a slow moving fear among the many,that these principals and values seem to be eroding with the dawn of each new day. What is crucial at this time is to remain true to the principals which form the heart and blood of what has become the essence of America. We must not give into this fear, we must not let it divide us, we must replace this fear with love, trust, and faith, that will strengthen our core values and will not allow this great nation to become less than the "Statue Of Liberty"

Let every heart know that what once was foundation upon which this nation was built remains strong and true. This foundation shall stand in pursuit of its own destiny and will continue to be the "light of the world."

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas For The Child

What do you remember most about Christmas when you were a child? Was it Christmas Eve with all the anticipation of how many gifts just for you from Santa would be in a neat pile, thinking he really DID read my list. As you were trying to force yourself to get to sleep you realized that letters to Santa really DO matter. Does the aroma of all the home made food made by a loving mother linger in your head remembering you always ate too much. Was it the once a year heavenly smell of the freshly cut Christmas tree you got to pick out with just you and your dad, that you got to decorate some times all by yourself?

When we were young boys our parents would load up the car with hidden Christmas gifts in the trunk of the car and Dave and I would be off to our aunt Nettie's house in Utica to await the arrival of Santa on Christmas eve, always wondering how would he know we weren't going to be at our house. Ask him when we get to the North Pole was the answer from the front seat.  One night we were afraid to peek out at the tree because we thought we heard Santa delivering all the gifts on our list. We even pretended that we got a glimpse of him drinking the milk and eating the cookies we left out just for him. I can remember one Christmas asking; how did Santa get down the chimney when there was not a chimney in Aunt Nettie's house? The answer was because he can and you can ask him how he does it when you visit him at the North Pole.  Christmas day was another joyous day filled with lots of presents and more home made Italian food than you can even imagine.

But what I remember the most was the love.

I believe it is such a wonder when we can see Christmas through the eyes of a child. Christmas is that magical  time of the year that always seems to bring out the child in all of us. The Christmas music and movies we could experience and only dream about was when St. Nick came to OUR house. We as parents must most definitely cherish the opportunity to build life long happy memories for our children so that some day they will pass on their love for their children at Christmas time.

Only love can be the carrier of our children's walk down Christmas's memory lane, because isn't love what Christmas is all about anyway ?

Let the magic and love of Christmas linger in your heart all year long and find someone to share that love.

My brother Dave is no longer with me but the memories of the Christmases we shared together still live deep within my heart. This holiday season please share your memories of Christmas past with your friends and especially with your children. It will be the best present they will ever receive from you.

Merry Christmas Dave, sleep in heavenly peace.